On the "Help recycle disabled nurses" thread, we were discussing the high rate of injury of nurses at the bedside and the fact that nursing is a very physically demanding job....(although nobody seems to care much about this besides nurses.)
Got to wondering just how many nurses there are out in cyberland who are NOT working at the bedside anymore due to this?? Or how many have changed jobs/careers/ or ??? due to this?
Let's poll and find out.
Jun 18, '02
OK, I'll start.
I was injured on the job....low back...15 years ago. My employer (a hospital) treated me very badly and attempted to intimidate me into not filing for workers comp. It was a terrible time for me...I was young and naieve.... had NO idea that should I ever be injured at work, I would be treated so poorly.
But, I got an attorney and he finally got the hospital to do the right thing by me...I had a low back fusion, rehabilitated and went back to bedside critical care nursing. Probably not the smartest decision, but for 15 years I was OK...then a car wreck put me out of commission again...
....now I'm rehabing after a second spine surgery.
With the poor staffing I see today I really worry about the backs and joints of young nurses just entering the field. I have seen so many coworkers injured on the job and then 'blown off' or intimidated by management, which is SO upsetting to me....
What do the rest of you think about this? Any stories to share? Lessons learned? Need to vent??
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jun 18, '02